St Wilfrid's CE Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
Our Designated Members of staff for Safeguarding are:
- Helena Miller (Executive Headteacher)
- Susanne Budgett (Deputy Headteacher)
- Sharon Hellier (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Gillian Maiden (SENDCo)
- Sadie Gordon (EYFS/Key Stage 1 Lead)
- Sophie Heaney (The Hive After School Manager)
- The Safeguarding Designated Governor is Rachel Dalton
Please access our Safeguarding Policy by clicking on the link below:
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (in line with KCSiE 2023)
We have also produced a leaflet for parents and children to explain what Safeguarding Children means. This leaflet has been distributed to all our families and is available from our school office as well.
Please download our leaflet at the bottom of the page.
If you are worried about a child who may be suffering from harm you can make a referral to Children services. You can contact them by telephone 0161 234 5001 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried a child is being sexually abused telephone the police straight away on 999.
If a child is suffering from anxiety/depression/self-harm or having suicidal thoughts you can telephone the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) on 0808 800 5000 or Cahms (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) on 0161 203 3250
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.
In particular, children are shown how to:
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
- recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
- keep passwords and personal information safe
- report when they feel unsafe
- understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy
We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.
Early Help Strategy
As part of our support for all children in school we have regular opportunities to consult with support services and health agencies through a multi-agency approach which sometimes includes completing the Early Help Form which supports families as well as pupils. Mrs Hellier is our 'Early Help Co-ordinators and available to speak to at the school office. Our school nurse is in school one morning a week and works with our pupils on drugs education, sex and relationships and staying healthy.
The Prevent Duty came into effect from 1 July 2015 and as a public body we are subject to the duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of our functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.
St Wilfrid's CE Primary School seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right / Neo Nazi / White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements. The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of vulnerable people, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism. The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation. St Wilfrid's CE Primary School is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern. Prevention work and reductions of risks will include the RE curriculum, SEND policy, worship time policy, the use of school premises by external agencies, integration of pupils by gender and SEN, anti-bullying policy and other issues specific to the school’s profile, community and philosophy.
If you have a concern linked to Prevent it is helpful in the first instance to speak to the Safeguarding lead (Mrs Miller or Mrs Budgett ).
Below are the Greater Manchester Police contact details linked to Prevent
0161 856 9305 or visit the GMP site for PREVENT
Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online.
This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.
This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.
Links for further information - for more detailed advice on technologies and information on how to support your children with their online experience please visit the following links:
What to do if something goes wrong? The CEOP website has links for reporting inappropriate online behaviour. Look out for the following symbol on websites or on the CEOP's own site which take you directly to their own page for reporting abuse: https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/
This is bullying but using technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. A comprehensive leaflet has been published by Childnet International on the subject of cyberbullying which can be accessed through the following link: Cyberbullying leaflet (pages 6 and 7 show how technology can be used to bully with advise on contacting service providers if necessary).
If you suspect your child is being bullied, including cyberbullying, please inform us by speaking to your child's class teacher, in the first instance.
Social Networking Sites
Many children now have online contact with other children through a wide variety of games and social networking sites.. Children generally, should not have accounts until they are 13 years old, however we realise that some children may have social media accounts below this age. If your child does have any type of social media account or uses other social networking sites please talk to your child about the following:
- Insist that you know your child's login details.
- Insist that you and other family members are 'friends'.
- Make sure your child 'locks down' their profile to ensure only friends can access their page, pictures etc.
- Make sure any photos or videos are appropriate and don't reveal personal information, such as school uniform details.
- Any members of staff will not accept any online request.